The U19 did not show less quality and potential and they also finished atop of the standings of their league as the finals came to a close on Wednesday, May 22, in Constanta.
In the final round of the competition Tomis scored four straight-set wins and conceded only one set to 2011 and 2012 U19 champions, CTF Mihai I BUCURESTI whose roster includes four players – Claudiu Dumitru, Catalin Dobre, Cornel Miron and Ioan Aldea – who represented Romania at the European Qualification Tournament for the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship held two weeks ago in Sofia. Tomis started out by edging CSS Lapi DEJ (25-21, 25-9, and 25-10), CSS BUZAU (25-21, 25-22, and 30-28), to continue with another straight-set victory over CSS Nicu Gane FALTICENI (25-20, 25-18, and 25-16), before conceding one set to last year’s champions CTF Mihai I BUCURESTI (25-20, 19-25, 25-20, and 25-21) and finishing it off with another 3:0 win over CSS ZALAU (25-17, 25-17, and 25-21).
The group coached by Razvan Parpala and his assistant Iulian Radulescu included the following players: Cezar Bulgaru, Alexandru Muscina, Alexandru Zahar, Mihai Tarta, Eduard Ocunschi, Robert Vologa, Iulian Petcu, Alexandru Cersemba, Adrian Aciobanitei, Marius Itfime, Madalin Daineanu, George Gavriz and Paul Camui.
The Volleyball wonder-kid of Constanta, Adrian Aciobanitei – who is not yet 16 – after being awarded MVP of the final tournament of the U17 national championship held in Dej some weeks ago got the same honor in Constanta as well while competing in the U19 age group. Aciobanitei was also the best scorer of the finals while Alexandru Muscina was voted best setter of the event.
Muscina, Vologa, Petcu, Gavriz, Camui and Aciobanitei could claim their second title of the year as they were all part of the winning team also in the U17 division.
“I am very happy. We did not expect to be the champions but we wanted it with all of our hearts and eventually did it. I did not expect to be awarded best player of the finals but I have worked hard and I am seeing the results of my dedication” Aciobanitei says.
“It feels great to win the title at home especially after battling with some teams who played their best to edge us” head coach Razvan Parpala adds. “With this title you can get to feel the work that is being performed in Constanta and that the same attention and efforts are devoted to all different age groups”.
Tomis will try to complete its sweep by adding to the count the titles in the U15 and U13 divisions whose finals are scheduled for May 22-26 and May 30-June 1 in Bucuresti to become the national champions in all age groups.
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